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​US deploys stealth B-2 bombers in Europe (VIDEO)

Published time: June 09, 2014 07:17
Edited time: June 10, 2014 13:51
One of two B-2 Stealth Bombers deployed in Britain (Courtesy: Ben Ramsay)

One of two B-2 Stealth Bombers deployed in Britain (Courtesy: Ben Ramsay)

The US Air Force has sent more of its bombers to Europe, deploying two B-2 stealth aircraft as part of a military exercise. On Sunday they joined three B-52 StratoFortress bombers already deployed in Britain.

All the visiting American aircraft are stationed at RAF Fairford, a British air base west of London.

“This deployment of strategic bombers provides an invaluable opportunity to strengthen and improve interoperability with our allies and partners,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, commander, US Strategic Command in a USAF statement.

The B-2 bombers are assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing out of Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. They will conduct training flights in the US European Command area of operations, the statement said, offering no further details on the mission.

The US has been sending additional troops to Europe lately in a gesture meant to reassure its NATO partners, especially those in Eastern Europe, that Washington is committed to defending them militarily. NATO says the deployments are needed for a possible aggression from Russia amid the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine.

Moscow is criticizing the buildup of NATO forces close to Russia's borders, calling them provocative and warning that the US is using the Ukrainian events as a pretext to flex its muscles.

The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is a multipurpose stealth bomber first used by the US during the 1999 war in Kosovo. It was designed primarily to deliver nuclear weapons, but has been used extensively as a conventional bomber in all major US military campaigns from Afghanistan to Libya.

Comments (225)


Berke Beenhouwer 05.07.2014 14:17

140percent 10.06.2014 11:59

What a bird! It would be a shame not to use it. I wonder if Generalisimus Vlad is already in hiding?


The "bird" is a sitting duck once detected, even a fifties MIG15 can bring it down. Once detected, I repeat. Remember the multidollar F117 stealth ? Yugoslav air defense operators found they could detect F-117s with "obsolete" Soviet radars, and just shot it down from 13km away. The Yugoslav ! It would surprise me if a way to detect the B2 is operational as we speak. That would make it the most expensive, slow bomber ever.


Marcin H Przybylski 21.06.2014 14:24

Pieces of deteriorated junk


Pax Mundi 21.06.2014 09:03

RT, please upgrade your "offensive language" algorithm. It blocks text with ordinary words found in popular English dictionaries.

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